Tuesday, 5 May, 2009
Disadvantaged children get colours of magic
Children throng around Gopinath Muthukad during his magic show at the validectory of 'Chiraku 2009' summer camp organised by the Don Bosco Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.
Thiruvananthapuram: 10-year-old Ram Kumar and 11-year-old Afsal – residents of Karimadom colony – held aloft a frame carrying a little girl’s picture, drawn using black ink over a white piece of paper.
Other children danced around the boys, singing a Goan action song taught by their teacher, Amala. In no time, the girl’s image became vibrant in colours. Her ribbons became red, frock yellow and cheeks shined in pink. Children were thoroughly astonished at the magical colouring of the picture.
It was all a magic show designed for kids, by Gopinath Muthukad. The venue was the valedictory ceremony of ‘Chiraku 2009’ summer camp organized by the Don Bosco Centre, Manacaud. The magic send the message that the habit of thinking can along bring colours of imagination in one’s life.
A dose of unity and national integration was also served through a magic trick using three ribbons of saffron, white and green shades. The show concluded reminding children of this advice by Nehru: see what you should see; hear what you should hear and speak what you should speak.
The camp would officially culminate tomorrow (06/05/09) with a picnic trip. Rector, Fr. George Ukran presided over the function. Director, Fr. Philip Parakkat and camp co-ordinator, Emmanuel Silas spoke on the occasion. C.I. of Police, Jawahar Jerald distributed prizes.